Blue Square Bet
Published 24th May 2012
.....signing four of last season's squad on new deals and releasing three.
Central defender Darran Kempson has signed a new two-year deal and one-year contracts have been signed by Josh Law, Connor Franklin and Leigh Franks.
Kempson, joined the Reds in late January and instantly became a big hit with Reds players and fans alike with a series of consistently powerful displays.
The vastly experienced 27-year-old was also handed the captain's armband as he played a major role in helping Alfreton secure their league status.
Attacking midfield player Daniel Meadows, 19, who was on loan at the Impact Arena for the last five weeks of last season from Nottingham Forest, has agreed a two-year deal with the Reds of Alfreton and other new one-year deals have been agreed by Anton Brown and Nathan Arnold.
Players already under contract with Alfreton for the 2012/13 season are Paul Clayton, Jake Moult, Adam Quinn, Anthony Wilson, Matt Wilson, Adie Hawes, Chris Senior and Greg Young.
Utility player Theo Streete has also had an additional one-year option to stay with the Reds exercised by the club.
Law's squad already looks to have a good foundation to build on and it will hopefully get stronger as last season's 17-goal top scorer Nathan Jarman is in ongoing negotiations on a new contract.
One very pleasing factor is that Franklin, Law, Brown and Arnold have agreed to stay with the Reds despite interest from other Blue Square Bet Premier Division clubs.
Released by the Reds are goalkeeper Dan Lowson and winger Jamie Mullan. It is understood that central midfield man Nicky Deverdics, who was on non contract during a short spell at the club at the end of the season, will not be offered new terms.
Reds chairman Wayne Bradley thinks there will be several new faces coming into the club in the summer, somewhere between four and six depending on how successful the club are with their targets.
"We have retained a huge chunk of last season's squad but it is clearly not complete and new signings are on the horizon as the club are deep into negotiations with a whole host of targets" said Bradley.
"We feel all of our targets are deemed to be additions who will clearly better our squad. This year will be a case of quality instead of quantity."